Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement / Edition 5

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In this expanded and updated classic, Desmond Morton explores the history of the Canadian labour movement and brings the story to the present day with a discussion of globalization and its impact on workers. Working People examines the clash between the idealists, who fought for such "impossible" dreams as the eight-hour day, paid holidays, industrial democracy, and equality for woman, and the realists, who wrestled with the human realities of self-interest, prejudice, and fear. It focuses on workers - from 19th-century dock workers to teenage "crews" at McDonald's today - and documents their struggle for dignity and security in a constantly changing world.
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"This is the best introductory text on Canadian labour history to date." Bob Rae, The Gazette "No contemporary history is as ambitious in its scope as Working People, or more perceptive in its judgments." Globe and Mail "A captivating ... chronicle on the history of unionism in Canada with all its warts and virtues." The Spectator "Working People is a welcome addition to the shelves of Canadian history." Canadian Reader
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773533073
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Desmond Morton is founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, and one of Canada's leading historians.

Desmond Morton is founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, and one of Canada's leading historians.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition
1 Working People 1
2 Getting Organized 9
3 International Ideas 17
4 Political Movement 25
5 Labour Reformers 35
6 Hinterland Labour 45
7 Trades and Labour 57
8 Gompers's Shadow 67
9 Business, Labour, and Governments 77
10 Labour Radicals 91
11 Labour and the First World War 101
12 Western Revolt 113
13 Unroaring Twenties 125
14 Surviving the Depression 139
15 Industrial Unionism 151
16 Fighting Hitler and Management 165
17 "People Coming into Their Own" 175
18 No Falling Back 187
19 Struggle for Allegiance 201
20 The Merger Movement 213
21 Times of Frustration 225
22 Prosperity and Discontent 239
23 Public Interest, Public Service 255
24 Justice and Nationalism 270
25 Quebec and the Common Front 282
26 Scapegoat for Inflation 294
27 Recession and Hard Times 308
28 Levelling the Playing Field 320
29 Struggling to the Millennium 336
30 Millennial Thoughts on Working People 354
Graphs: Changes in the Labour Movement 359
Further Reading 362
Abbreviations 384
Index 387
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